Peace remains elusive in Afghanistan

Peace remains elusive in Afghanistan

Exactly 13 years on from the US- led military coalition’s invasion on the Taleban regime in Afghanistan, the Afghans are still suffering at the hands of Taleban and will likely suffer in the years ahead, Afghans from all walks of life including public opinion leaders believe.
The Taleban hierarchy had been toppled within one month. Thousands of Taleban fighters and their Al-Qaeda backers had been killed, arrested, hidden among locals or escaped to Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan and thus raising the ray of hope among war-weary Afghans for a peaceful future. But unfortunately, the reality is never that rosy.
“In fact, the Taleban attacks claim the lives of Afghans every day and even today (Saturday) two people were killed and five others injured in Helmand province; while four others sustained injuries in Taleban-related activities in Kabul,” said Mahmoud, 19, a student. “Their (Taleban) objective is to kill people irrespective of their age, gender or profession,” he said.
From a similar viewpoint, a daily wager, Mohammad Salim said that the Taleban militants as seen in the past would continue to kill people in future.
Salim, 27, who left his home due to the Taleban war in the Sangin district of Helmand province a month ago, said his father was killed at the hand of Taleban militants about two years ago. He said he was afraid might be killed by militants in the future.
“The US-led Coalition forces’ failure to diminish Taleban militants over the past 13 years has boosted the militants’ morale to continue their militancy in future," a political analyst Nazari Pariani observed.
Pariani also was of the view that the Taleban outfit terms the US-led forces withdrawal from Afghanistan by the year end as “defeat of occupying troops” and would continue to intensify their activities in future.
The US and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are going to end their combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, trusting the Afghan national security forces with the responsibility to ensure their own country’s future peace and stability.
Taleban, who had spurned Kabul’s offers for talks during former President Hamid Karzai’s term, in an online statement recently slammed the new Afghan administration as being a US servant and vowed to continue war until the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, the one deposed 13 years ago by the US-led military campaign.

Courtesy: Xinuha
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